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The Corliss steam engine featured at the 1876 American Centennial, a showcare of American System progress.

Welcome to AmericanSystemNow!

By Nancy Spannaus, editor March 10, 2020–When I first read Alexander Hamilton’s Report on Manufactures some 40 years ago, it transformed my understanding of American history. Here was a crucial founding father, the man who devised our financial system, talking about building the wealth of our nation with an economic […]

by March 10, 2020 About
Bobby Kennedy on his poverty tour in 1968

“A Time of Sorrow and Shame”

By Nancy Spannaus June 4, 2020—Tomorrow will be the anniversary of the June 5, 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, the third in a series of murders which decapitated the most promising political leadership of the United States. One by one, they fell: President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, […]

by June 4, 2020 Commentary, History
Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy

George Floyd’s Murder Was the Trigger:

Lessons Still to Be Learned By Angela Vullo May 31, 2020–Those of us who never bought into the last 50-year economic shift into de-industrialization and financial speculation should not be shocked at the social unrest which has been unleashed in our country. The murder of George Floyd, a Minneapolis black […]

by June 1, 2020 Commentary, News
A comparison of the size of SMRs with a traditional nuclear power plant. (Idaho labs)

Rosy Prospects for Nuclear Power?

(May 28, 2020–Progress on reviving the nuclear power industry in the United States is a vital step on the way to actually creating a productive economy that can eliminate poverty and bring prosperity to both our country and the world. It is with that in mind that I wrote the […]

by May 28, 2020 News, Nuclear Power
A modern metals plant.

Industrial Buildup, Not War on China

A Report on the May 21 Webinar sponsored by the Alliance for American Manufacturing By Nancy Spannaus May 23, 2020—The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAMFG), a group sponsored by the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) and several steel manufacturers, did a public service by putting on a webinar devoted to […]

by May 23, 2020 Manufacturing, News
CWA workers take a break to pose for a picture.

Lessons from FDR: The Hopkins Example

By Nancy Spannaus May 20, 2020—Almost two months ago, the U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act, which committed to spending half a trillion dollars for relief of states and municipalities. Yesterday, the two Administration officials responsible for allocating that money told the Senate Banking Committee that they were still planning […]

by May 20, 2020 History, News
Ravages of the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelpia.

Jefferson and the Public Benefits of Epidemics

By Geoff Smock (The following excellent article, published by the Journal of the American Revolution on May 14, should shock most Americans. Here we have the storied champion of individual liberty, Thomas Jefferson, callously expressing his approval of mass death, because he believes it serves the “greater good” of reducing […]

by May 14, 2020 Commentary, History
The front of the Post Office Museum in Washington, D.C. (Nancy Spannaus)

A Postal Service Fit for a Republic

By Nancy Spannaus May 8, 2020—Over the front steps of the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. is engraved the following message: Carrier of News and Knowledge Instrument of Trade & Industry Promoter of Mutual Acquaintance Of peace and of good will among men and nations. Are you surprised? This […]

by May 8, 2020 History, News
A demonstration at the California capital May 2.

What Would George Washington Have Done?

By Nancy Spannaus May 2, 2020—The upsurge of public demonstrations against the public health measures being taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 – and even denouncing them as “tyranny” — triggered this question in my mind: What would George Washington have done in the face of such resistance? General […]

by May 2, 2020 Commentary, News
Civil Defense Volunteers in Vimercate, Italy

COVID-19: Lessons from Lombardy

(April 26, 2020–The following article is reprinted from Consortium News, which published it on April 24. It provides an update on our series about the coronavirus pandemic, which I launched on March 2 with the article Hamilton’s American System Versus the Virus. The United States can learn a lot from […]

by April 25, 2020 Commentary, healthcare
American System founder Alexander Hamilton, a new statue at the Coast Guard Academy (Dianne Durante)

How the Founders Overcame Economic Collapse

By Nancy Spannaus April 22, 2020—An op-ed by two economists in the April 12 edition of the Dallas Morning News put forward a message of hope for navigating the current virus-sparked crisis in the United States. “The founders faced economic collapse after the American Revolution. We can learn from their […]

by April 23, 2020 Founders, News